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Larry J. Weber

IIHR Director Larry Weber.

IIHR Director Larry Weber.

Work Address

Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory
University of Iowa
300 South Riverside Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
319-335-5597 (office)
              

Special Fields of Knowledge

  • Flooding
  • River Hydraulics
  • Coupling Individual-Based Ecological and Fluid Mechanics Models
  • Fish Passage Facilities
  • Environmental Hydraulics
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • River Restoration and Sustainability
  • Ice Mechanics

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1990–93
  • M.S., University of Iowa, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1989–90
  • B.S., University of Iowa, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1984–89

Professional Experience

  • Director, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa, May 2004–present
  • Professor and Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 2007–present
  • Associate Director, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa, August 2003–May 2004
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 2001–07
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1996–2001
  • Assistant Research Scientist, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa, 1994–96
  • Postdoctoral Associate, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa, 1993–94

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • International Association for Hydraulic Research – Member
  • Licensed Engineer, Iowa

Honors and Awards

  • College of Engineering Faculty Award for Exceptional Service, 2010
  • ASCE Collingwood Prize, Best Technical Paper by a Younger Member, 1992
  • University of Iowa Dean’s Scholarship, June 1989–January 1993
  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Award, 1988

Service Activities (last 10 years)

College

  • Engineering Dean Search Committee (2011–12)
  • Engineering Development Council (August 2006–present)
  • Engineering Administrative Council (May 2004–present)
  • Strategic Planning Committee, Chair, Better Futures for Iowans (2010)

University

  • Vice President for Research and Economic Development Search Committee, Co-Chair (2011–12)
  • University of Iowa Shooting Sports Club, Faculty Advisor (2011–present)
  • Pentacrest Museums Review Committee (January 2010–January 2011)
  • Flood Mitigation Task Force, Co-Chair (August 2008–present)
  • Governmental Relations Committee (August 2007–2011)

Professional

  • State of Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council (2009–present)
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources Floodplain Mapping Advisory Board (2009–present)
  • Upper Mississippi River Navigation and Environmental Sustainability Program, Science Panel Member, 2005–present

Community

  • Scholastic Clay Target Program, Certified Coach, West High Trap Club (2010–present)
  • State of Iowa, Certified Shooting Sports Coach (2010–present)
  • Knights of Columbus, St. Patrick Church, Iowa City (2008–present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Western Dubuque High School, Project Lead the Way (2005–10)
  • Certified Baseball Coach (Babe Ruth, Little League), Tri-County Baseball Association  (2001–10)

Teaching Activities (last 10 years)

  • Engineering Problem Solving I
  • Project Design and Management in Civil Engineering
  • Principles of Hydraulics
  • Ecohydraulics and Ecohydrology

Graduate Student Research Advising

Thesis supervision completion of 34 MS theses, 16 Ph.D. dissertations, and 9 postdoctoral associates

  • Charles Theiling, 2010, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Joseph Dario, 2009, USGS
  • Dongsu Kim, 2008, Korea
  • M.D. Haque, 2007, California State Water Resources Program
  • Cagri Turna, 2007, Bechtel Corp.
  • Jie Zeng, 2006, South Florida Water Management District
  • Haegyun Lee, 2006, Korea
  • Andy McCoy, 2006, HDR
  • Youngsung Kim, 2006, Korea
  • Nathan Young, 2006, University of Iowa
  • Seng Keat Ooi, 2005, Singapore
  • Yenory Morales, 2004, France
  • Ouyang Huei-Tau, 2001, Taiwan
  • Heqing Huang, 2002, China
  • Kevin Nielsen, 2000, CH2M Hill
  • Jianchun Huang, 2000, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Research Grants and Contracts

From 1996–present, Principal or co-Principal Investigator on grants and contracts exceeding $52M with direct credit for over $39M

Publications

Published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles (most recent publications listed below)

  1. Daraio, J.A., Weber, L.J., Zigler, S.J., Newton, T.J., and Nestler, J.M., “Simulated Effects of Host Fish Distribution on Juvenile Unionid Mussel Dispersal in a Large River,” River Research and Applications, online publication, (wileyonlinelibrary.com) doi:10.1002/rra.1469, 2010, 2010.
  2. Zeng, J., Constantinescu, S.G., and Weber, L.J., “Three-Dimensional Calculations of Equilibrium Conditions in Loose-Bed Open Channels with Significant Sediment Load,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 136, No. 9, pp. 557–571, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)HY.1943-7900.0000213, 2010.
  3. Daraio, J.A., Weber, L.J., and Newton, T.J., “Hydrodynamic Modeling of Juvenile Mussel Dispersal in a Large River: The Potential Effects of Bed Shear Stress and Other Parameters,” Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 29, 3, pp. 838–851, 2010.
  4. Daraio, J.A., Weber, L.J., Newton, T.J., and Nestler, J.M., “A Methodological Framework for Integrating Computational Fluid Dynamics and Ecological Models Applied to Juvenile Freshwater Mussel Dispersal in the Upper Mississippi River,” Ecological Modeling, 221, 2, pp. 201–214, doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2009.10.008, 2010.
  5. Ferrari G., Politano M., and Weber, L., “Three-Dimensional Numerical Simulations of Free Surface Flows on a Fish Bypass,” Computers and Fluids, 38, 5, pp. 997–1002, doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2008.01.014, 2009.
  6. Politano, M., Carrica, P., and Weber, L.J., “A Multiphase Model for the Hydrodynamics and Total Dissolved Gas in Tailraces,” International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Vol. 35, pp. 1036–1050, doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2009.06.009, 2009.
  7. Ooi, S.K., Constantinescu, S.G., and Weber, L.J., “Numerical Simulations of Lock-Exchange Compositional Gravity Current,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 635, pp. 361–388, doi:10.1017/S0022112009007599, 2009.
  8. Turan, C., Carrica, P.M., Lyons, T., Hay, D., and Weber, L.J., “A Three-Dimensional Numerical Model and Experimental Study of the Free Surface Flow in an Ogee-Crested Fish Bypass,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 134, No. 8, pp. 1172–1175, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2008)134:8(1172), 2008.
  9. Zeng, J., Constantinescu, S.G., and Weber, L.J., “A 3-D Nonhydrostatic Model to Predict Flow and Sediment Transport in Loose-Bed Channel Beds,” Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 356–372, doi.org/10.3826/jhr.2008.3328, 2008.
  10. Zeng, J., Constantinescu, G., Blanckaert, K., and Weber, L.,  “Flow and Bathymetry in Sharp Open-Channel Bends: Experiments and Predictions,” Water Resources Research, Vol. 44, doi:10.1029/2007WR006303, 2008.
  11. Politano, M., Haque, MD., and Weber, L.J., “A Numerical Study of the Temperature Dynamics at McNary Dam,” Journal of Ecological Modeling, Vol. 212, pp. 408–421, doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2007.10.040, 2008.
  12. McCoy, A., Constantinescu, G., and Weber, L.J., “Numerical Investigation of Flow Hydrodynamics in a Channel with a Series of Groynes,” ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Vol. 134, 2, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2008)134:2(157), 2008.
  13. McCoy, A.W., Constantinescu, S.G., and Weber, L.J., “A Numerical Investigation of the Dynamics of Coherent Structures and Mass Exchange Processes in Channel Flow with Two Lateral Submerged Groynes,” Water Resources Research, Vol. 43, doi:10.1029/2006WR00526, 2007.
  14. Baigun, C.R., Nestler, J.M., Oldani, N.O., Goodwin, R.A., and Weber, L.J., “Can North American Fish Passage Tools Work for South American Migratory Fishes?Neotropical Ichthyology, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 109–119, 2007.
  15. Morales, Y., Weber, L.J., Mynett, A.E., and Newton, T.J., “Simulating the Effect of Invasive Species Dispersion on Native Freshwater Mussel Communities,” International Journal of River Basin Management, IAHR, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 267–277, 2007.
  16. Nestler, J.M., Baigun, C.R., Oldani, N., and Weber, L.J., “Contrasting the Middle Parana and Mississippi Rivers to Develop a Template for Restoring Large Floodplain River Ecosytems,” International Journal of River Basin Management, IAHR, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 305–319, doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2007.9635329, 2007.
  17. Turan, C., Politano, M.S., Carrica, P.M., and Weber, L.J., “ Water Entrainment Due to Spillway Surface Jets,” International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 21, Nos. 3–4, pp. 137–153, doi:10.1080/10618560701525954, 2007.
  18. Turan, C.K., Carrica, P.M., Lyons, T.C., Hay, D., and Weber, L.J., “Assessing Fish Bypass Flow: Combining Numerical and Physical Models,”  HydroReview, Vol. XXVI, No. 6, pp. 40–49, 2007.
  19. Haque, M.D., Constantinescu, G., and Weber, L.Validation of a 3-D RANS Model to Predict Flow and Stratification Effects Related to Fish Passage at Hydropower Dams,” IAHR Journal of Hydraulic Research, Vol. 45, 6, pp. 787–796, doi.org/10.1080/00221686.2007.9521816, 2007.
  20. Ooi, S.K., Constantinescu, S.G., and Weber, L.J., “A Numerical Study of Intrusive Compositional Gravity Currents,” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 19, doi.org/10.1063/1.2750672, 2007.
  21. Ooi, S.K., Constantinescu, S.G., and Weber, L.J., “Two-Dimensional Large-Eddy Simulation of Lock-Exchange Gravity Current Flows at High Grashof  Numbers,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 133, No. 9, pp. 1037–1047, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2007)133:9(1037), 2007.
  22. Goodwin, R.A, Nestler, J.M., Anderson, J.J., Weber, L.J., and Loucks, D.P., “A New Tool to Forecast Fish Movement and Passage,” HydroReview, Vol 26, No 4, 58–71, 2007.
  23. Politano, M.S., Carrica, P.M., Turan, C., and Weber, L.J., “A Multidimensional Two-Phase Flow Model for the Total Dissolved Gas Downstream of Spillways,” Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, Vol. 45, No. 2, pp. 165–177, doi:10.1080/00221686.2007.9521757, 2007.
  24. McCoy, A., Constantinescu, S.G., and Weber, L.J., “Exchange Processes in a Channel with Two Emerged Groynes,” Journal of Flow, Turbulence, and Combustion, Vol. 77, pp. 77–126, doi:10.1007/s10494-006-9039-1, 2006.
  25. Weber, L.J., Goodwin, R.A, Li, S., and Nestler, J.M., “Application of an Eulerian-Lagrangian-Agent Method for Design of Juvenile Fish Passage Facilities,” Journal Hydroinformatics, IAHR, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp 271–295, 2006.
  26. Li, S., Silva, J.M., Lai, Y.G., Weber, L.J., and Patel, V.C., “Three-Dimensional Simulation of Flows in Practical Water-Pump Intakes,” Journal of Hydroinformatics, IAHR, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 111–124, 2006.
  27. Morales, Y., Weber, L.J., Mynett, A.E., and Newton, T.J., “Effects of Substrate and Hydrodynamic Conditions on the Formation of Mussel Beds in a Large River,” Journal of the North American Benthological Society, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 664–676, 2006.
  28. Morales, Y., Weber, L.J., Mynett, A.E., and Newton, T.J., “Mussel Dynamics Model: A Hydroinformatics Tool for Analysis of Freshwater Mussel Communities,” Journal of Ecological Modeling, Vol. 197, pp. 448–460, doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2006.03.018, 2006.
  29. Ouyang, H., Weber, L.J., and Odgaard, A.O., “Design Optimization of a Two-Dimensional Hydrofoil by Applying a Genetic Algorithm,” Journal of Engineering Optimization, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 529–540, doi:10.1080/03052150600574317, 2006.
  30. Goodwin, R.A, Nestler, J.M., Anderson, J.J., Weber, L.J., and Loucks, D.P., “Decoding 3-D Movement Rules of Fish for Forecasting using a Eulerian-Lagrangian-Agent Method (ELAM),” Journal of Ecological Modeling, 192, pp. 197–223, doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2005.08.004, 2006.
  31. Lin, C.L., Lee, H., Lee, T., and Weber, L.J., “A Level Set Characteristic Galerkin Finite Element Method for Free Surface Flows,” International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Vol. 49, pp. 521–547, doi:10.1002/fld.1006, June 2005.
  32. Weber, L.J., Huang, H., Lai, Y.G., and McCoy, A., “Modeling Total Dissolved Gas Production and Transport Downstream of Spillways — Three-Dimensional Model Development and Applications,” Journal of River Basin Management, IAHR, Vol. 2, No. 3, doi:10.1080/15715124.2004.9635229, December 2004.
  33. Huang, J., Patel, V.C., Lai, L.G., and Weber, L.J., “Simulation Study of Flow Through a Reach of the Chattahoochee River,” Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, Vol. 42, No. 5, 487–491, doi:10.1080/00221686.2004.9641218, December 2004.
  34. Li, S., Lai, Y.G., Weber, L.J., Silva, J.M., and Patel, V.C., “Validation of a Three-Dimensional Numerical Model for Water-Pump Intakes,” Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, Vol. 42, No. 3, 282–292, doi:10.1080/00221686.2004.9728393, 2004.
  35. Lai, Y.G., Weber, L.J., and Patel, V.C., “A Nonhydrostatic Three-Dimensional Model for Hydraulic Flow Simulation — Part II:  Validation and Application,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 129, No. 3, pp 206–214, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2003)129:3(206), March 2003.
  36. Lai, Y.G., Weber, L.J., and Patel, V.C., “A Nonhydrostatic Three-Dimensional Model for Hydraulic Flow Simulation — Part I:  Formulation and Verification,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 129, No. 3, pp 196–205, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2003)129:3(196), March 2003.
  37. Huang, J., Weber, L.J., and Lai, Y.G., “Three-Dimensional Numerical Study of Flow in Open-Channel Junctions,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 128, No. 3, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2002)128:3(268), March 2002.
  38. Weber, L.J., Shumate, E.D., and Mawer, N., “Experimental on Flow at a 90° Open-Channel Junction,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 127, No. 5, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2001)127:5(340), May 2001.
  39. Muste, M., Meselhe, E.A., Weber, L.J., and Bradley, A.A., “Coupled Physical-Numerical Analysis of Flows in Natural Waterways,” Journal of Hydraulic Research, IAHR, Vol. 39, No. 1, doi:10.1080/00221680109499802, 2001.
  40. Meselhe, E.A., Weber, L.J., Odgaard, A.J., and Johnson, T., “Numerical Modeling for Fish Diversion Studies,” Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 126, No. 5, doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2000)126:5(365), May 2000.
  41. Sinha, S.K., Weber, L.J., and Odgaard, A.J., “Using Computational Tools to Enhance Fish Bypass, HydroReview, Vol. 18, No. 1, February 1999.
  42. Den Bleyker, J.S., Weber, L.J., and Odgaard, A.J., “Development of a Flow Spreader for Fish Bypass Outfalls, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Vol. 17, No. 3, doi:10.1577/1548-8675(1997)017<0743:DOAFSF>2.3.CO;2, August 1997.
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